Application for Swedish citizenship for children with one Swedish parent
A child under the age of 18 who has at least one Swedish parent can become a Swedish citizen if the parent applies for this. The parent who applies for citizenship on behalf of the child must be the child’s legal guardian.
The child can become a Swedish citizen through application if
- the child's identity is proven
- the child have a permanent residence permit, a right of residence or a residence card in Sweden
- the child, if it has turned 15, has lived in Sweden with a residence permit for settlement for three years and have conducted themselves well.
Make sure you fulfil the requirements before you apply
When you submit an application for Swedish citizenship The Migration Agency will investigate if the child fulfil all requirements. If the child does not fulfil the requirements when the application is send in the child may be rejected. You then have to send in a new application when the requirements are fulfilled and pay the fee again.
The application must be submitted by the legal guardian of the child who is a Swedish citizen.
If the child has more than one legal guardian the other legal guardian must also sign the application.
The children who have reached the age of 12 must agree that they want to become Swedish citizens. In a web application, the children must sign with BankID and in a form application, they must sign by hand.
Make your application online
In most cases you must pay a fee.
Further documents for EU/EEA citizens and their relatives
If the child has been settled in Sweden and has had right of residence for five years, we will assess whether the child's parents meet the requirements for right of residence in connection with their notification of, or application for Swedish citizenship. Therefore you should enclose documents showing that you fulfil the requirements for right of residence or residence card.
After the decision has been made
The Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision to you. If the child has become a Swedish citizen, we will also send a copy of the certificate to the population registry at the Swedish Tax Agency. You turn to the police if you wish to apply for a Swedish passport for the child.
The Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision to your address listed in the population registry. If the child has become a Swedish citizen, we will also inform the Swedish Tax Agency of the decision. We will also put a block on the child's residence permit card, which means that the card will be invalid and can no longer be used for travel. You should not send in the child's residence permit card to the Swedish Migration Agency. You can destroy the card yourself by cutting it up.
If the child have become a Swedish citizen you can apply for a Swedish passport. An application for a Swedish passport is done through the Police.
If the child are abroad and wish to apply for a Swedish passport you can do so at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.
If you do not submit a notification online
If you are not able to submit a notification online, you must fill out the form Ansökan om svenskt medborgarskap för barn under 18 år, number 317011 (only in Swedish). The application form specifies which documents to enclose.
We need the signatures of both custodians (just one signature in the event of sole custody). If the child is over 12 years old, he or she must also sign the application.
Send the application to
The Swedish Migration Agency
601 70 Norrköping
In most cases you must pay a fee.